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Today's News

  • Ghost hunting with Operation Spiritseekers

    By SHAINA STOCKTON, Staff

    After readying the equipment and flipping off the lights, three members of Lambsburg-based paranormal team Operation Spiritseekers marched into the basement of a Galax restaurant.
    Their trip down the steep stairs lead into a dark basement, where Rachel McDonald placed several pieces of electronic equipment and sensors, a flashlight and a ball  — all devices that a spirit could use to communicate with the living — in a cluster on the basement floor. Standing back, she spoke into the blackness.

  • Scream Queen

    HILLSVILLE — What has it taken for a zombie nurse named Ingaborg Twitch to become a recognizable local figure in a world full of creeps?
    The short answer is blood, sweat and urine.
    While the sweat is real enough, the blood is fake and the urine belongs to those who get particularly shocked by Lesley Catron and the scare troupe Reeking Havok.
    Fright fame might seem like just an apparition for many haunted house spooks, but Hillsville hosts a real local “scare-lebrity.”

  • Arrest Reports 10/28/13

    The Gazette is partnering with local police departments to publish photos of suspects arrested and charged.

  • Strike team trains for dangerous cases

    HILLSVILLE — After keeping a low profile for months, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office tactical team arrived on the scene when assisting at a recent Galax drug bust.
    Though this is the first time the team has been noticed publicly in a law enforcement situation, leader Seth Greer — also a sheriff’s office investigator — said the eight members trained for about a year before going to work in March.
    The goal is to keep the community and officers in the commission of their duty safe, Greer explained.

  • Ghost Stories: Writer shares spooky tales

    Author Joe Tennis has collected dozens of ghost stories from throughout Southwest Virginia and Tennessee for his latest book — tales of spectres, witches, phantom trains and an apocalyptic cyclone.
    Earlier this year, Tennis held listeners in his thrall at a discussion of these supernatural stories at the Crossroads Institute in Galax. It was part of an ongoing series to teach locals about the area’s heritage.
    A native of Virginia Beach who lives in Bristol, Tennis, 44, is a columnist for the Bristol Herald Courier. He has also written for Virginia Living.

  • Woodlawn school fate delayed

    HILLSVILLE — The Carroll School Board’s recent split vote on turning the former Woodlawn School building over to the county has prompted the Carroll County Board of Supervisors to postpone a final decision on the facility’s fate.
    At the county board meeting on Oct. 21, supervisor Joshua Hendrick brought up the recent vote in which two of the five school board members voted against giving Woodlawn School to the county.

  • State police cite hundreds for texting while driving

    Since the act of texting while driving became a primary offense July 1, Virginia State Police troopers have cited several hundred motorists statewide.
    From July 1 through Sept. 28, troopers have stopped and charged 328 drivers for violating Virginia’s “texting while driving” law, according to a state police news release.

  • Screenprinting company to create 55 jobs, invest $1.4 million

    HILLSVILLE — Classic Creations Screen Printing will create 55 jobs and invest $1.4 million in a facility in Carroll County Industrial Park, according to a Tuesday announcement by CEO Keith Sanders.
    In a crowded board of supervisors room, Sanders noted that he chose Hillsville and Carroll County as the location for his startup business due to the quality workforce that’s available here and the help he’s gotten from local and state representatives over the last 14 months.

  • Big payday for 14-year-old

    Will McCraw, a 14-year-old from East Bend, N.C., won the 2013 American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) world championship in Oklahoma City, Okla., and later won the 13th annual Hillbilly Redneck Truck and Trailer Explosion in Morristown, Tenn.

    Hosting competitors from seven countries, the AQHYA world championships may have seen a new record set as McCraw roped his calf in 1.9 seconds to win the Breakaway Roping championship. According to research so far, McCraw’s time is the fastest time ever recorded at an AQHYA event.

  • Carroll County refuses to go down quietly

    HILLSVILLE –– Salem will overmatch most of the football teams it plays, Carroll County included. But the Cavaliers refused to roll over against one of the most storied football programs in the state.

    The Spartans jumped out to a 33-point lead but Carroll County managed to put up 21 points in the second half, eventually taking a 47-21 loss in a River Ridge District game Friday at Tommy Thompson Field.